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Activists Target Individual Researchers instead of Universities

March 16, 2014 by Leave a Comment


The News

According to a report released by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), activists campaigning against animal experimentation are targeting the individuals involved in the research because prote sting against the universities has proven to be ineffective. In response to the shifting tactics, FASEB is advising researchers to limit the amount of personal information they share online and advising universities to assemble a “crisis management team” comprised to respond to incidents. Eric Bernthal from HSUS responded to the report asking why the reason for attacks isn’t being explored and adds, “If you’re going to give advice to researchers about how to solve this problem, the most constructive way is to use fewer animals in research, not assemble crisis communication teams.”

Vivisection protest in Spain

Vivisection protest in Spain

News & Opinion

In university labs across the country, researchers receive government grants to imprison and cut open live monkeys in order to conduct what are often redundant, unnecessary, painful and deadly behavior studies. It’s a very big business. Locking up animals in cages and experimenting on their bodies are cruel and unjustifiable practices. To see how you can help end animal testing, please visit Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN).


Liam Neeson Promotes NYC Horse-drawn Carriage Trade; Activists Fight Back

March 14, 2014 by 1 comment


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For weeks, Irish actor Liam Neeson has used the media tour for his movie as a platform to attack NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio for pledging to ban horse-drawn carriages from NYC. Neeson is connected to the industry not only because of his Irish descent but also because the husband of his son’s nanny is a carriage driver. John Carmody, spokesman for the Ireland-based Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) is fighting back against his fellow Irishman, saying in a NY Daily News, “He may be able to act and string lines together, but when it comes to understanding the suffering horses endure in all weather extremes often in suffocating traffic fumes in the carriage trade, sadly Mr. Neeson has been a flop.”

Liam Neeson

News & Opinion

Using words and phrases like “tradition” and “institution” to defend NYC’s horse-drawn carriage trade, Mr. Neeson sounds eerily like the people who say, “Marriage is a sacred institution between one man and one woman.” Like them, he is clearly on the wrong side of history, but he just can’t see it. In the meantime, he’s helping to set the movement back. Please boycott his movies. In the PR battle between NYC’s horse-drawn carriage industry and those who support a ban, the industry is winning at the moment. The extensive and favorable media coverage is probably be attributed to the industry’s PR firm, described in the Daily News as an “anti-animal rights consulting group.”


Bill Gates Promotes Meat Substitutes

March 13, 2014 by Leave a Comment


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In a Rolling Stone interview, Bill Gates said, “Eating meat is hard on the environment – it demands a lot of land and water. And yet we can’t go around telling everyone they have to be vegetarians. So coming up with affordable plant-based proteins, basically meat substitutes, that really taste like meat is another area that can make a big difference. I’ve tasted a few of them, and I really couldn’t tell the difference between them and the real thing.”

Bill Gates

Bill Gates

News & Opinion

Over time, I hope that the tone of Bill Gates’ remarks about the impact of animal consumption on the planet reflects the magnitude of the crisis. In the meantime, I am grateful that public figures like Mr. Gates, Bill Clinton and Al Gore and talking about the impact of animal consumption on the environment, the animals and our health. While many of my friends on social media undoubtedly roll their eyes when I post stories about animal consumption, I suspect that some of them pay attention when a public figure speaks out. I therefore recommend sharing his remarks with your friends.


“Conservationist” Bindi Irwin Becomes Sea World Spokesperson

March 11, 2014 by Leave a Comment


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As part of Sea World’s efforts to restore its reputation after the documentary Blackfish tarnished it, the company hired 15-year old Bindi Irwin, a self-declared conservationist, to be a paid spokesperson. Bob Irwin, Bindi’s grandfather who runs a conservation foundation, used the news of Bindi’s new job to speak out against whales in captivity.

Bindi Irwin promotes Sea World on Good Morning America

Bindi Irwin promotes Sea World on Good Morning America

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Steve Irwin, who made a career out of provoking wild animals for his TV shows, was killed by an angry sting ray in 2006. Will karma pay an unexpected visit to his daughter too? The Irwin moguls appear to be animal abusers disguised as conservationists. Sign the petition asking Bindi to step down as a “Sea World Ambassador.”


British Anti-Vivisection Group Releases Undercover Footage

March 6, 2014 by 1 comment


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The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) has released undercover footage of baby dogs and cats and their mothers being physically and emotionally abused in a barren U.K. lab owned by the pharmaceutical company Merck. The video shows young puppies being separated from their mothers, who are killed because their job of delivering babies to the lab was complete. It also shows the puppies being injected, killed and dissected in front of their brothers and sisters. In a Care2 article, the BUAV said that “While many of these animals could have been rescued, simply killing them and tossing their bodies in the trash is easier than making any effort to find them homes.”

News & Opinion

Like agribusiness owners, researchers who test on animals go to great lengths to hide their experiments from public view, knowing that people would be outraged to see how the imprisoned animals suffer and die. As PETA explains, “They languish in pain, ache with loneliness, and long to roam free and use their minds. Instead, all they can do is sit and wait in fear of the next terrifying and painful procedure that will be performed on them.” Modern day science has provided scientists with alternatives to animal research, but because of government regulations, laziness and money, the brutal experiments continue. To learn more about animal testing and find out how you can help, please PETA’s Animals Used For Experimentation website.